What We Are

With apologies to Charles Dickens, the Christian ministry could be described as the best of jobs and the worst of jobs. It is indeed a high calling to be a minister of the Word of God. Ministers are subjected to criticism and scorn; they are belittled, viewed as oddballs, sometimes overworked, often under-appreciated. “We are the scum of the earth,” says Paul.

In these two metaphors – and six others like them – found in his letters to the Corinthians, the apostle Paul reveals both the glories and the struggles of the Christian ministry. David Bast reflects on the meaning and implications of these metaphors from 1 and 2 Corinthians, images of ministry that picture for servants of Jesus Christ.

Download PDF

Request a Copy

This book is still in print. To receive a printed copy of this book, please fill out the form below. We are currently only able to send books to addresses within the United States and Canada. Please allow for 4-6 weeks for delivery. We will email you with a confirmation of your request, and the expected shipping time. Please consider a suggested donation of $10 to help offset processing and delivery. Thank you.